Paxil Birth Defects Information Center

The antidepressant paroxetine—sold under the brand name Paxil but also less commonly as Aropax and Seroxat—might have caused you and your baby to suffer life-threatening side effects. The medication, prescribed to you by your doctor, was supposed to ease your depression—not expose your baby to greater risk.

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Paxil is a potent member of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants. The FDA issued a Paxil birth defect warning in 2005, because studies show that Paxil can cause a variety of birth defects and other complications when taken by women during the first trimester of pregnancy.

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The process of demanding compensation for harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. If you’ve taken Paxil and been hurt, contact RLG today. You’ve taken enough. We’ll take it from here.

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Paxil (paroxetine) is a potent selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) manufactured and sold by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline plc. Available by prescription only since 1992, the medication is used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and anxiety disorders.

SSRIs work by preventing certain receptors in the human brain from absorbing serotonin that has already been released. Serotonin helps maintain feelings of well-being, so preventing its re-absorption alleviates negative feelings. Unlike other drugs (such as buproprion–also known as Wellbutrin—for example), SSRIs minimally affect noradrenaline and dopamine, which regulate stress levels. But SSRIs can cause many side effects, most common among them nausea, somnolence, and sexual dysfunction.

Paxil in particular has been linked to numerous birth defects in children born to mothers who were taking the drug while pregnant. These include: clubbed foot; cleft lip/palate; delayed development; persistent pulmonary hypertension; gastroschisis/abdominal hernia; heart defects; spina bifida; and brain/spinal cord defects. Moreover, Paxil can cause premature birth or even miscarriage. And a child exposed to Paxil in utero can experience withdrawal symptoms after birth.

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